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>> his body is frail. pope benedict celebrates ash wednesday mass. today the rubble in syria reveals surprises. president obama goes out on the road. how much can he achieve? welcome to our viewers. pope benedict issued a stern warning. at ash wednesday, the pontiff was interrupted repeatedly by applause. and it will step down at the end of february. >> on ash wednesday catholics remember the body is mortal. this is the last mass he will celebrate as pope. they had to remove the service from a much smaller church in rome. a measure of how deeply this has moved to the faithful. whatever he says will carry enormous symbolic significance. it will be a kind of legacy statement. will this influence retire with him? he will live inside this former monastery. is there a danger his presence will undermine the credibility or legitimacy of his successor? will there be two popes in the vatican. this morning crowds gathered for the usual wednesday audience, among them a party of schoolchildren. >> it is quite an honor, especially since one of the last coverings. it is quite special to be
something bold and selfless and braves. >> pope benedict spoke more about the activities. our guest joins us. talking about his age and age of his successor and divisions within the catholic church and the leadership, were you surprised he tackled these issues today? >> it is fascinating, but divisions in the church have been something he has been concerned about, and it became leaks.orse during the wikilea only were their divisions in the church but in the bureaucracy. >> everything he says over the next two weeks is going to be listened to very carefully? >> are much so. i think he is going to be careful to make sure not to say something that is interfering with the selection process. he has already appointed more than half the cardinals who are going to elect a successor -- he has already had a big say in who will be his successor. he picked people who agree with him on the issues facing the church. the person who gets elected is going to be someone they like. >> there really is not much in recent history, a practical president for having a former living coke. how much complication did it
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